Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Very Clean (Topics to consider: religion and sexism.)
One thing I almost always skip over in a book is the dedication page, but this one caught my eye. “To every woman who has ever wondered whether the Son could love her or would want to be near her… because, after all, she isn’t a man.” Umm.. what? This dedication didn’t seem to belong in a book about reading your bible. I was pretty confused, but shrugged it off and began.
Then came the acknowledgements… “I’m thankful for my dear husband who never once told me that I shouldn’t study and learn and love the Lord because I was ‘just a girl.'” Wait, what? Is this a thing? Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never felt that a woman was inferior to a man when studying her bible (or anytime for that matter).
I read a couple other reviews to see if I was the only one confused, and I found someone who basically summed up my feelings. (Check out her review here: Susan Braun. Her ideas of the book are very similar to mine.) She said, “I felt like I’d encountered a bit of bait-and-switch.” That was exactly how I felt! It’s like someone put a different cover on a book about women and the bible.
The one thing that originally made me want to read Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation was the quote from a reviewer on the front cover. It said, “Reading this book made me want to read my Bible.” I wrongly assumed that this would happen for me too.
If this book was renamed Finding the Love of Jesus for Women, it would be better marketed. I had believed that this book would be non-gender-specific because nothing anywhere on it said it was only for women; but that was not the case.
This wasn’t a bad book, but it was not what it claimed to be. If you have hardly read the Bible or are insecure as a Christian woman, then I think this book would be for you.